Welcome to the world of social emotional learning activities for preschoolers! Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an important part of early childhood development that helps children learn how to recognize, understand, and manage their emotions, as well as build relationships with others. Through engaging activities, preschoolers can learn vital skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision making, and relationship building. In this article, we will discuss some fun and effective SEL activities specifically designed to help preschoolers develop these skills.
Social-Emotional Learning Activities For Preschoolers
Having a good emotional quotient is as important as having a good intelligence quotient or even more in terms of working with people and understanding their feelings better. It is also very important for one’s mental health to associate better with each and every emotion inside the parameters of the human psyche. This tutorial has plenty of activities to offer which you can do in groups and individually as well. They will teach you to grasp your emotions better and the emotional conditions of people around you.
- Sheets Of Paper
- Cardboard Tubes
- Paper Plates
- Stuffed Animals
Emotions Discovery Bottles Craft For Kids
This activity will make you understand emotions through colors. You will learn to label colors, shapes, and expressions to different emotions through bottles and have an idea of each emotion in your own particular way. It will also teach you the nature of colors by categorizing them, eg, for positive emotions, you can use bright colors and for intense emotions, you can use deep colors. It is suitable for the age group of 5-7-year-old kids. Follow the tutorial below to learn more about this activity.
Printable Feelings Check-In Cards Idea For Student
This tutorial will teach you to absorb the meaning of each emotion with the help of expressions related to them. It is suitable for the age group of 3-5-year-old kids. It’s great for little kids as it’s easy to understand emotions by simply looking at the expressions on a printed card. Follow the tutorial below to print these lovely cards.
How To Make Diy Emo Dolls Craft
This tutorial brings you a craft idea that involves making emotional dolls. You need some cardboard tubes, sheets of paper and a sketch pen to make them. It is suitable for the age group of 5-7-year-old kids. It will teach you good cutting techniques in terms of craft and good exploration into your own emotions, in terms of emotional competence. You can even decorate them in your room if you want. Follow the tutorial below to make these dolls.
Fun Play Dough Mat Activity For Kids
This tutorial will teach you a fun and enjoyable craft activity it involves clay dough. You can also use stuff like pasta, breakfast cereal, stones, threads, e.t.c to make this craft. You just need to make a complete human figure with an expression on his/her face expressing an emotion. This activity with bring out your entire understanding of emotions and feelings, so, do your best. It is suitable for the age group of 5-7-year-old kids. You can paste it into your art book afterward. Follow the tutorial below to make these figures.
Paper Plate Emotion Masks Craft For Preschool
This activity will teach you to make emotion placards. With paper plates and ice cream sticks you can make these placards. It is suitable for the age group of 4-6-year-old kids. After making the cards hold them in front of your mouth to express an emotion and you can even make a game out of it with your friends. Follow the tutorial below to make these placards.
Calming Lavender Sensory Bin Activity For Kids
This activity aims at making kids more in touch with their senses. You just need a tub filled with water, purple beads, gems, and some lavender for the smell. The lavender calm and soothe the senses and release all the stress. The beads and the texture of the water with make kids more united with their sense of touch, the aroma of the lavender will help them feel their olfactory functions better and the calming purple color will soothe their eyes. It is suitable for the age group of 3-5 year old kids. Follow the tutorial below to do this relaxing activity
Storytelling Social Stories For Kindergarten Classroom
This fun and thoughtful activity involves your favorite objects: Stuff toys. So, collect all your stuffed animals and create some good social and moral stories out of them like fables you read at bedtime. You can recite them in the class with your class fellows and your teacher as well. It is suitable for the age group of 6-8-year-old kids. Follow the tutorial below to know more about this activity.
Simple Sticky Cutting Tray Activity For Kids
This tutorial is all about making use of basic and inexpensive stuff to make art. You just need a big tray, a pair of scissors, tapes, bubble wraps, straws, or literally anything that you feel like sticking on the tray in order to make a humanoid figure in different surroundings. It is suitable for the age group of 5-7-year-old kids. You can place it on your study table as a decoration piece or take it to your school as an art project. Follow the tutorial below to make this art piece.
Feelings Learning Identification Activities For Preschool
This activity can be seen as a card game for kids. It will teach them to associate with feelings and understand them through body language using emoticons or emojis. You can play multiple games using these cards as shown in the tutorial. It is suitable for the age group of 7-9-year-old kids. Follow the tutorial below to play these card games.
Fun Way To Teach Kids About Feelings
This tutorial uses something as basic as a plastic ball to convey the importance of emotions to kids. You just need a plastic ball and a sketch pen to make it. This activity can also be taken as a game for little kids. It is suitable for the age group of 3-5-year-old kids. Follow the tutorial below to know more about this fun activity.
Social-Emotional Board Game Activity At Home
This activity brings to you yet another game, this time a board game. You just need a sheet of paper, sketch pens, and some tape to create this game. It will teach you to accept all your emotions in their complete form and be comfortable with them. It is suitable for the age group of 8-10-year-old kids. You can play it with your friends and family both to know their emotions better and to convey yours as well. Follow the tutorial below to create this useful game.
Happy & Sad Face Sorting Activity For 5-Years-Old
This activity needs you to print out certain expressions related to emotions and then categorize them into sad and happy emotions. This will teach you to connect with both types of emotions as it is equally important to be in touch with both of them for your mental health. It is suitable for the age group of 4-6-year-old kids. Follow the tutorial below to do this activity.
Paper Plate Feeling Spinner Craft For Kids
This tutorial includes making a spinning wheel of emotions and different plates dedicated to each emotion as well. You just need paper plates and crayons to make these plates. It is suitable for the age group of 5-7-year-old kids. You can do this activity with your friends and class fellows. It will give you the ability to express and talk your emotions out. Follow the tutorial below to make this wheel.
Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! Jar Activity For Preschool
This is a group activity which you can do with your class fellows and teachers. It will take the ultimate test of your emotional understanding. You will be shown chits revealing a situation or an act and you have to respond with thumbs up or a thumbs down according to the nature of the act or the situation described. It is suitable for the age group of 5-7-year-old kids. Follow the tutorial below to do this group activity.
Identifying Feelings And Emotions By Using A Mirror
This art activity focuses solely on your emotions and your own understanding of it. You are required to make several self-portraits by looking into the mirror and making different expressions depicting different emotions. You also need to label the emotion and the reasons that bring out that emotion in you. It is suitable for the age group of 7-9-year-old kids. You can make a compilation of these portraits and keep adding the things you associate with each emotion regularly. Follow the tutorial below to make these portraits.
Simple Fishing Feelings Activity For 3-Year-Olds
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This activity is for preschool children and can be a good way of introducing them to emotions and emotional understanding. You just need to print stickers showing different emotional expressions and stick them to a thread making it hang. You can then use them as fishing rods to teach small kids about different emotions and their meanings. It is suitable for the age group of 3-5-year-old kids. Follow the tutorial below to make these emotional fishing rods.
This brings an end to all the tutorials and activities mentioned above. We learned different ways to accept, perceive and understand emotions and empathy. All the activities were fun yet informative and useful. You learned to grasp emotions through art, craft, games, group activities, and even portraits. Keep following the tutorials for more such amazing and helpful activities and crafts. Keep practicing your skills and experiment with more such ideas. Good luck.
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